Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Still Flying High 50 Years On

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Still Flying High 50 Years On

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Byline: Mick Burgess GIG REVIEW

GIG REVIEW Jefferson Starship at Sage Gateshead By Mick FOR most, reaching the milestone of half a century in a job would probably earn them a gold clock and a firm handshake from their boss as they shuffled off into retirement.

Not so for Paul Kantner, the guitarist/vocalist who founded psychedelic rockers Jefferson Airplane, who shows no signs of acquiring a shiny timepiece just yet.

Jefferson Airplane rose to prominence during the Flower Power era with inspired performances at legendary festivals such as Woodstock and Altamont, while the songs White Rabbit and Somebody to Love defined an era as their biting anti-Vietnam War stance set them against the American establishment.

Love defined an era as their biting anti-Vietnam War stance set them against the American establish-With vocalist David Freiberg from Quicksilver Messenger Service jumping aboard in 1972, Jefferson Airplane gradually morphed into the more streamlined Jefferson Starship, who have continued, on and off, with the odd Jefferson Airplane reunion for good measure, With vocalist David Freiberg from Quicksilver Messenger Service jumping aboard in 1972, Jefferson Airplane gradually morphed into the more streamlined Jefferson Starship, who have continued, on and off, with the odd Jefferson Airplane reunion for good measure, up to the present day.

Mixing a set containing the best moments of the Jefferson Airplane catalogue with that of Jefferson Starship, they gave the crowd exactly what they wanted, including the dreamy Miracles, with its silky smooth harmonies, and the elegant melody of Count on Me. The dramatic Wooden Ships featured some stunning, cinematic harmonies Mixing a set containing the best moments of the Jefferson Airplane catalogue with that of Jefferson Starship, they gave the crowd exactly what they wanted, including the dreamy Miracles, with its silky smooth harmonies, and the elegant melody of Count on Me. …

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